Ann Medina grew up in New York City. She studied philosophy at Wellesley College, Harvard University and the University of Edinburgh before getting her M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
Medina began her television career in Chicago, later becoming a Network Producer for NBC News, and then a Network Correspondent and Producer for ABC News. While at ABC, she produced documentaries for its network Close-Up series.
In 1975, Ms. Medina moved to Canada to marry a Canadian. She worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s Newsmagazine where she later became its Executive Producer. She joined CBC's The Journal when it began in 1981, becoming its Senior Foreign Correspondent, focusing on stories in the Mideast, but also reporting from China, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Africa, Bhopal and elsewhere. In 1983-84 she was the Beirut Bureau Chief for CBC's The National and The Journal. Her documentaries aired regularly on BBC's Newsnight and PBS' MacNeil-Lehrer Report.
Her programs have won numerous awards in Canada and in the United States, including an Emmy Award.
Ms. Medina was one of the first residents at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre. She continues to contribute in the field of journalism. She moderated the "93, ’97 and 2000 Federal Election Debates, and the "95 and "99 Ontario Election Debates in addition to hosting CBC Newsworld's documentary series Rough Cuts. She now hosts History Television’s "History on Film’ and "Fact and Film’.
Ms. Medina has also moved into the broader area of communications and technology. She has addressed the U.N.’s World Television Conference, the CBC’s Board of Directors, the North American Broadcasters Association and The World Conference on the Arts, in addition to many major corporate clients including Perigee, Viacom Corp., Honda and Heenan Blaikie. Ms. Medina also served on the Ontario Advisory Committee on Technology and Education and on the Advisory Board to Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy. Presently, she’s on the Federal Government’s Advisory Committee on the New Economy.
Ms. Medina is Past Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Past Chair of the Cultural Industries Council of Ontario, and has served on the boards of TVOntario, the Calmeadow Foundation, Toronto Women in Film and Television, ACTRA, I.C.E. Communications and Humber College. She also Co-Chaired the 2003 Conference of the International Women’s Forum.
In 1994 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Toronto Women in Film and Television and was named "A Woman who Makes a Difference’ in 2001 by the International Women’s Forum. In 2007, she was the recipient of the WYCA Woman of Distinction Award. She has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of King's College in Halifax, the University of New Brunswick, Brock University, and the University of Mount Saint Vincent.
Highly respected in the broadcasting profession, audiences respond enthusiastically to Medina's insights and sometimes rib-tickling analyses of some of the issues of the day. She brings humour and insight to charting a course through the chaos of change. Ann Medina combines an intensely personal view, with a world view, based upon being there.
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